I always find it amusing to talk about the shows I’ve never seen because it seems to shock people. I’m talking about shows — for the most part — that have been around for years and years, some of which are entrenched in the American culture and the characters are iconic. So, I thought, in the interest of my amusement, I’d go ahead and list some of those now. There is no order to this unless someone feels it ought to be ordered by least egregious to most egregious…And something I should point out, so I don’t have to with each one; I have no real reason for having not seen these shows. I just…haven’t.

Saturday Night Live (1975-Present)

A show that’s been around fifteen years before I was even born has seen some truly great comedic talents like Jimmy Fallon, Adam Sandler, Kristen Wiig, Dana Carvey, John Belushi, Tina Fey, Mike Myers, Chris Farley, Will Ferrell and Eddie Murphy. Not to mention a slew of famous celebrities and singers over the years. Yet, I’ve never seen an episode. Not one. I don’t even, to my recollection, recall even seeing a short clip or segment from the show. That’s over thirty years of content beyond my viewing.

Late Show with David Letterman (1993-Present)

This won’t be the first talk show on this list. I’ve seen clips of his lists he does at the end of shows or if someone that interests me goes on his show, I’ll watch that clip, but I’ve never watched a full episode and certainly nothing on a regular basis.

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992-Present)

Same story, as I’ve never watched anything here. I’ve seen a few clips of his interviews and was not all that impressed with his comedic timing or wit, but to be fair, I’m not basing that off much. While I’ve never watched a full episode of this, I did, however, watch a few seasons of Johnny Carson’s version and found it astoundingly hilarious.

The Simpsons (1989-Present)

I have no aversion to animation or comedy and satire of society interests me greatly, but again, for whatever reason, I’ve yet to see this show. Not one episode and besides a few gifs and momentary clips, I’ve not seen much footage either. If asked, I’d be hard pressed to name more than four characters. Quick: Bart, Homer, Lisa, Marge? And I’m done. I just Googled Marge now to make sure that actually is one. It is, okay. Four and I’m tapped out.

South Park (1997-Present)

This one above all the others truly baffles me with respect to why I haven’t watched it. I haven’t seen any episodes in full and I’ve never seen the movies. Again, I would be hard pressed to name the characters. I’ve got Kenny, Cartman, and now I’m blanking. Parker and Stone, the creators, are people I would normally gravitate to with their we-don’t-give-a-fuck attitude. Above all the others, this is the one I really want to give a shot at watching.

Others include:

  • Family Guy
  • The Wire
  • The Sopranos
  • The Amazing Race
  • Mad Men
  • Dancing with the Stars
  • Seinfeld
  • Two and a Half Men
  • Star Trek
  • Sesame Street

And I’ve started, but not nearly finished:

  • Heroes
  • Lost
  • Prison Break
  • The West Wing
  • Breaking Bad

If you started getting into older shows again like Cheers or NYPD Blue or dear god, foreign shows, then my list of not-seen will get exhaustive…

What can I say? I’m mostly a television drama guy and don’t typically watch comedies on television. Moreover, I’m more into film than television, but alas…

3 thoughts on “Television shows I’ve never seen

  1. You’re not missing out much on SNL or the talk-shows. They’re all terrible. Only talk-show I watch these days is Red Eye on FNC.

    The Simpsons is a show that people can only start liking when they’re children, but once they like it they’ll have a soft spot for it as adults. I started watching when I was a kid, but no one my age or older that I know who never saw it as a kid can get into it.

    South Park’s awesome. It’s starting to show its age these days but unlike The Simpsons it’s rarely ever just recycled material. They mostly stick to current events so when you watch old re-reuns, it’s weird because they remind you of old fads and other stupid things from when it first aired.

    I’ve never seen The Wire or The Sorpranos. I should but personally they just look very boring by their Wikipedia descriptions. But I should give them a go. That’s how I felt about Six Feet Under but I ended up enjoying it watching it once.

    Mad Men is a show that lost most of its charm after season three. I’m mostly over it. The season finale aired a few weeks ago and I can’t be bothered watching it.

    Seinfeld is a show one either completely loves or hates. If you’ve seen Curb Your Enthusiasm then you’ll probably like it (even though I hate Curb). If you do watch it, you need to marathon the first three or four seasons to really know if you like it or not.

    Star Trek, well if you’re talking TOS then except for a handful of episodes like Balance of Terror and Space Seed, most of it you can skip. The original movies are pretty good (except for The Motion Picture — Final Frontier also sucks but has some good moments). TNG gets good after season three and First Contact is the only good film from them. DS9 is my favorite series but it only gets good after season three too. The final two seasons are outstanding. The Dominion War arc is fantastic. Voyager is good after season four because of Jeri Ryan but most episodes are skippable. Enterprise has its moments but doesn’t cut it. Started to get good in season four but then it got cancelled. With JJ Abrams films, the first one sucked, the second one was great.

    Breaking Bad is great. Finish it. However myself I can’t seem to get into watching it over again. It’s one of those shows that is so good that the second time is never as good, if that makes sense?

    Similar with LOST, but I’m trying to get into watching to again since I’ve forgotten some of it. Both are shows that you can’t just watch one episode, you need to marathon each season. Breaking Bad is easy to marathon but LOST has more episodes and is longer, but there’s so much story, it’s fantastic.

    Cheers, well don’t bother. I like it but as I get older and watch reruns I find it less funny. Can’t believe it was ever so popular.

    Have you watched Buffy and/or Angel? Good shows. If you like LOST, then try Fringe as well. I love it. Archer’s another good show. If you’ve seen that, you might like South Park.

    • I do believe I got through the first season of Lost, so I’ve gotten a pretty good handle on it. I dig it, but I just switched to watching through Breaking Bad instead, which I got up to somewhere in the second season with that.

      Archer is another one of those shows I started, enjoyed immensely, and then just haven’t gone back to for whatever reason.

      Fringe is another one of those shows I started watching when it debuted, stopped watching and now regret having stopped once it started getting rave reviews…

      Never seen Buffy or Angel. Thanks for commenting!

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